It was an interesting, and hopeful, week for HTML5, thanks largely to evidence that HTML5’s popularity is growing among developers worldwide. Here are some of the highlights.
First up, a survey conducted by VisionMobile (News - Alert) of over 6,000 developers confirmed that HTML5 is now a more popular development platform than iOS in South Asia, South America, and the Middle East and Africa. Overall, 37 percent of the world’s mobile developers are making HTML5 apps for the browser, while another 15 percent are making hybrid HTML5 apps.
On a related note, a new study from Sencha suggests that more developers are interested in developing with HTML5 these days and fewer are interested in developing for Windows. Indeed, some developers have stopped bothering to code native Windows support in favor of simply developing an HTML5 Web app. While this partly has to do with more developers focusing on the mobile market in general, there’s no denying the numbers: 75 percent of developers plan to do more with HTML5 this year than they did in 2013.
In other news, Unisource released the latest version of its Visionship G3 transportation management system this week. New enhancements added in the update include, an enriched user experience, improved reporting, and HTML5 browser compatibility. This allows the offering to provide an overall improved experience, as well as enriching device support.
Likewise, Sciforma released an update to its platform that brought HTML5 more heavily into the mix. Indeed, version 6.0 of Sciforma introduced a new HTML5-based framework that provides a better mobile experience, as well as a single sign-on for users across a broad range of platforms. Furthermore, with the power of HTML5, Sciforma is now more customizable, while making 70 percent of tasking available on tablets.
Lastly, Google and VMware made a direct assault on the PC market this week. By leveraging VMware’s Blast HTML5 technology, the two companies are making the Windows desktop available on Chromebooks. In other words, Windows users will be able to access their data, desktops and applications from Chrome OS computers, which Google (News - Alert) claims is a cheaper, more secure option than outfitting employees with Windows-based laptops.
That’s all for this week, but there’s plenty more HTML5 news to be found back on the HTML5 Report front page.